Piece Goods, Notions & Other Apparel Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Piece Goods, Notions & Other Apparel Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42431 | Apr 2014

Falling to pieces: Import competition and wholesale bypass leave revenue in tatters

IBISWorld’s Piece Goods, Notions & Other Apparel Wholesaling market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

To say that the Piece Goods, Notions and Other Apparel Wholesaling industry has declined over the five years to 2013 would be an understatement. Rising import penetration has displaced the downstream demand for buttons, zippers and yard fabric from domestic distributors to international manufacturers. Additionally, wholesale bypass, which is the trend of downstream buyers sourcing directly from manufacturers to cut expenses, has constrained wholesalers' function in the domestic supply chain and eliminated many operators. Although the recovering economy will help the industry somewhat, these adverse trends are anticipated to continue in the coming years... purchase to read more

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The Piece Goods, Notions and Other Apparel Wholesaling industry has long been in decline, and the economic recession that hit the United States in 2008 and 2009 only made conditions worse. Prior to the recession, the industry suffered from a combination of price competition from low-cost imports and vertical integration by upstream manufacturers. Industry revenue declined in four of the past five years, with an especially drastic drop in 2009. IBISWorld expects revenue to decline at an annualized rate of 1.8% to $13.8 billion over the five years to 2014; a decline of 1.1% is expected in 2014 alone.

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Like many US apparel industries, this wholesale industry has suffered from import penetration into the domestic market... purchase to read more


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What is the Piece Goods, Notions & Other Apparel Wholesaling Industry?

Firms in this industry wholesale various piece goods, fabrics, yarns, thread and other notions and hair accessories. Products sold in this industry include apparel trimmings, belts and buckles, textile fabrics, textile labels, millinery supplies, sewing needles, remnants, ribbons, sewing accessories and zippers. Establishments that buy fabric goods in the gray (i.e. unbleached and untreated), have them finished on a contract basis and sell at wholesale are classified in other industries.

Industry Products
Cotton fabricSynthetic fabricPiece goods and miscellaneous fabricNotionsOther items
Industry Activities
Apparel wholesalingBelt and buckle assembly kit wholesalingBinding and embroidery wholesalingFabrics and textile wholesalingHair accessories, millinery supplies and sewing needle wholesalingRemnants and ribbon wholesalingHair accessories wholesaling

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